Workers’ compensation programs are designed so employees can get medical care and income replacement if they hurt or become ill while performing a job duty. This program was intended to alleviate tensions between employer and employee in the event of a workplace accident. However, worker’s claims get mishandled or wrongfully denied often. Unfortunately, an employer may only be concerned about saving the company money, and not the employee’s health.
So if you find yourself in these situations, it warrants contacting a worker injury lawyer for further assistance:
Your Employer Failed to Report
While workers’ compensation benefits are provided by an employer, they are often paid through an insurance company. There are a set of requirements that insurance companies and employer must abide by when offering benefits to injured emplyees:
- Your employer must report the injury to the insurance company that handles workers’ compensation claims
- Your employer must report the injury to the insurance company through email or phone
- Your employer must give you a claim form to fill out after you notify him or her of the accident injuries
Your Employer Refuses to Pay You
As an employee, being injured at work or while engaging in a work activity while traveling means that you have rights to pursue benefits under a workers’ compensation program. You may have applied and been approved, but now your employer refuses to give you sufficient benefits for some reason or another. Your bills may be piling up and you are worried about who will end up having to pay them. This is the time to contact a lawyer for immediate legal intervention. Your employer may not be acting within the law, and a lawyer can set things straight.
If you were hurt while on the job and qualify for benefits, you may receive compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Medical care
- Job training
- Mileage reimbursement
If you are an injured worker, consider contacting a team of dedicated Work Injury Lawyers for advice, such as the legal professionals at Rispoli & Borneo, P.C.